Oliver Morse -Theatre designer & painter
Oliver is a Wellington theatre designer and oil painter.
Oliver's BraveArt work is titled We don’t talk about it.
It represents his view of having cancer, with the sense of betrayal and confusion and the disconnection of the body from the mind. "I imagine the body takes on a character of its own, like an alien invader of which the mind has lost control" he says. Underneath the oil painting of the distorted woman, Oliver wrote this quote he found to describe the fear associated with the disease:
“We all live with fear, it’s only human”- Anon.
After graduating from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Design (Stage & Screen), he now works as the in-house production designer for Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company based at Whitireia Performance Centre.
He has designed sets at Downstage Theatre productions including Perfectly Wasted a story of the city’s youth culture, as well as performances in Te Whaea Theatre.
In 2011 he designed his first theatre production for Long Cloud, and remembers the pride in seeing all the elements coming together to create an exciting theatre experience.
As well as enjoying photography, he has indulged his passion for oil painting for many years.
He works from a home studio, which he built for himself, on the edge of Wellington harbour.
He is now revisiting this for the BraveArt project because he says he believes in “using any talents you possess to better serve the community.”
Betsy Booth - CanSurvive
Betsy is a Kapiti resident.
She has been a member of the CanSurvive Dragon Boat team for seven years.
She doesn’t mind the long commute into Wellington twice a week during the season for training on Wellington harbour because the dedication is worth it.
“Being part of the paddling team keeps me fit and feeling young, vibrant and passionate” says Betsy
And she adds “We also get to enjoy the company of a wonderful group of women.”
She has learnt that “any negative experience can have a positive outcome. It is all about how you look at life.”
Betsy was diagnosed in her mid 40’s with breast cancer.
In 2007 she underwent right side mastectomy surgery, followed by reconstructive surgery.
Betsy owns and operates a busy carpet retail outlet in Kapiti/Horowhenua and currently juggles work and motherhood.